floodgates


floodgates
n. gate designed to regulate water flow, sluice

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • floodgates — flood‧gates [ˈflʌdgeɪts] noun open the floodgates to suddenly make it possible for a lot of people to do or have something for the first time: open the floodgates for • If this case is successful, it will open the floodgates for thousands of… …   Financial and business terms

  • floodgates — a term referring to the metaphor of the floodgates of litigation, the notion that there is potentially an ocean of potential litigants with potential claims who would, if the floodgates were opened, engulf the courts and inundate the courts of… …   Law dictionary

  • floodgates — [[t]flʌ̱dgeɪts[/t]] PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR to/for n If events open the floodgates to something, they make it possible for that thing to happen much more often or much more seriously than before. A decision against the cigarette companies… …   English dictionary

  • floodgates — [ˈflʌdˌgeɪts] noun open the floodgates to suddenly make it possible for a lot of things to happen[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • open the floodgates — Ⅰ. open the floodgates (to sb/sth) ► to make a lot of people do something by removing a rule that stopped it being possible before, especially when you do not want this to happen: »Banks feared the legal action could open the floodgates for… …   Financial and business terms

  • open the floodgates to sb — Ⅰ. open the floodgates (to sb/sth) ► to make a lot of people do something by removing a rule that stopped it being possible before, especially when you do not want this to happen: »Banks feared the legal action could open the floodgates for… …   Financial and business terms

  • open the floodgates to sb/sth — Ⅰ. open the floodgates (to sb/sth) ► to make a lot of people do something by removing a rule that stopped it being possible before, especially when you do not want this to happen: »Banks feared the legal action could open the floodgates for… …   Financial and business terms

  • open the floodgates to sth — Ⅰ. open the floodgates (to sb/sth) ► to make a lot of people do something by removing a rule that stopped it being possible before, especially when you do not want this to happen: »Banks feared the legal action could open the floodgates for… …   Financial and business terms

  • open the floodgates for sth — open the floodgates (to/for sth) ► to allow a new situation or activity to develop and become very common: »Changes being considered could open the floodgates and allow foreign markets to sell almost any stock to almost anyone in this country.… …   Financial and business terms

  • open the floodgates to/for sth — open the floodgates (to/for sth) ► to allow a new situation or activity to develop and become very common: »Changes being considered could open the floodgates and allow foreign markets to sell almost any stock to almost anyone in this country.… …   Financial and business terms


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